The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign Tebow, 33, to a one-year contract later this week or next week to play tight end, a position he never played in high school, college or in his three-year NFL career, a source confirmed. at ESPN. No agreement has yet been reached.
Once he signs, he will reunite with Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, who coached Tebow in Florida and won two national championships with the Gators.
On the first day of the 2021 NFL Draft, information leaked that Tebow had worked for the Jaguars like a tight end. Jaguars GM Trent Baalke has confirmed training but said the team will be worried about whether they sign Tebow after the draft.
The Jaguars already have five tight ends on their roster: Chris Manhertz, James O’Shaughnessy, Luke Farrell, Ben Ellefson and Tyler Davis. Manhertz, who was signed in free agency, is a tackle who has 12 catches in 70 career games. O’Shaughnessy has 88 catches in six seasons with Kansas City and Jacksonville. Ellefson has a career take and Davis appeared in eight games last season after the Jaguars selected him in the sixth round. Farrell was the team’s fifth-round pick this year.
Tebow hasn’t played football since the 2015 NFL preseason and has spent the past six years working as a broadcaster on the SEC network and working on his professional baseball career. Tebow was adamant about remaining a quarterback through his three seasons with the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, but he’s apparently changed his mind now that Meyer is running the franchise. Jaguars.
Tebow grew up in Jacksonville and performed at Nease High School before signing with Meyer and Florida in December 2005. Chris Leak was the starting quarterback in 2006, but Tebow got a lot of action as a short film specialist and pitched 33 assists to help the Gators. win the national championship.
Tebow became the starter in 2007, and he threw for 3,286 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran 895 yards and 23 touchdowns to become the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. He led the Gators to the 2008 national championship, and UF went undefeated in the regular season in 2009 before losing to Alabama in the SEC championship game.
Tebow ended his UF career as the SEC’s all-time leader in run touchdowns (57), touchdown responsibility (145) and passer efficiency (170.8). He still holds the first two records but has since been overtaken by Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow and Mac Jones in the last category.
Wayne Weaver, then owner of the Jaguars, called Tebow an iconic character in September 2009 as Tebow began his final season at UF. Some in Jacksonville pushed the Jaguars to draft Tebow, but the Jaguars took defensive tackle Tyson Alualu in 10th overall in the 2010 draft.
Denver drafted Tebow 25th overall in 2010; he only started three games that season, but started both playoff games. He joined Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard overtime touchdown to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a playoff game, but completed just 9 of 26 passes for 132 yards the following week in a 45-10 loss to New England.
Tebow went 7-4 as a starter with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions with the Broncos in 2011, but Denver signed Peyton Manning in the offseason. A league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Broncos gave Tebow the option of being traded to the Jets or Jaguars, and Tebow picked the Jets.
The Jets used Tebow primarily on special teams. It was cut the following April and signed with New England. He was released in the last cuts after training camp. He signed with Philadelphia in April 2015 and played in all four preseason games before being released in the final cups.
Although he hasn’t played baseball since his last year of high school in 2005, Tebow announced in August 2016 that he would try to play professional baseball. The New York Mets signed him to a minor league contract, and he spent the next four seasons moving from the college league to Triple-A. He announced his retirement from professional baseball in February and finished his career averaging .222 with 18 home runs and 109 RBIs in 306 games.
NFL Network first reported on the Jaguars’ plans to sign Tebow.